Funded Research

Telling stories of trauma: Dealing with PTSD through narrative (March 2017)

Co-applicant with Dr Nigel Hunt (principal investigator) £30,000


SOFT Project: Sprinting to the Open FuTure (November 2015)

Web: https://academicbookfuture.org/tag/dr-spencer-jordan/

AHRC funded project (£5,000) which included the 3 day Book Sprint.


People’s Journeys / Teithiau Pobl (November 2014)

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Web: http://peoplesjourneys.wordpress.com/

The project explores the spatial/cultural value of stories to constructed notions of ‘community’. The project will digital link stories to a specific place and time. The personal stories of World War One soldiers will be included as will more contemporary accounts. These stories will be delivered through a specially commissioned app. Users of the app will re-trace these ‘journeys’ using a mobile phone to engage with audio, image and video, in effect creating their own ‘journey’ or physical ‘storyspace’. The app will allow each user to see their community in new and innovative ways.


Waterways and Walkways: Cardiff, #GlamCan and the Interactive Digital Community (July 2013)

Web: http://waterandwalk.wordpress.com

This was a collaborative project involving Cardiff Metropolitan University, the University of South Wales and the digital media startup Fresh Content Creation. The purpose of the project was to explore how creative exploration, mediated through mobile technology, could be used to help users explore the extant course of the Glamorganshire Canal. The event itself codsc_0247nsisted of a digitally-mediated journey, retracing the last two miles of the Canal, from Cardiff Castle to the Bay.  Embedded within the walk were twelve discrete “treasures”, forming a treasure trail. In this sense Walkways and Waterways experimented with real-time gaming and “play” as a way of enhancing participation and engagement. Tweets sent by the project team prompted participants to both find and then record the next treasure. In this sense, the smartphones operated as de Waal’s “territory devices” in which stories were digitally linked to the historical legacies of specific sites. Walkways and Waterways suggests that understanding smartphones as “temporal devices” might also be pertinent, in which the participants were able to tag their stories to objects and urban features no longer there.


Technology Enhanced Learning to Support a Welsh Centre for Workforce Development (2009)

Web: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/institutionalinnovation/workforcedev/wcwd.aspx

Lead Bid Writer & Project Consultant, £177,000 (JISC).digital

A key aspect of the Project was the exploration of how technology can enhance the delivery and quality of work-based learning. The Project consisted of four streams centred on: work-based delivery in the Cardiff School of Management; Dental Technology in the Centre for Dental Technology; Inter-professional Studies (Regulation of Care Services Award) in the Cardiff School of Health Sciences; and Learning Coaches in the Department of Professional Development, Cardiff School of Education.


E-Assessment in Wales (2007-9)

Web: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/reports/2009/eassesswalesfinalreport.aspx

Lead Bid Writer & Project Manager, £95,000 (JISC).

The project captured and investigated the experiences of the project’s Further Education (FE) partners between March 2007 and March 2009. Project members worked with a range of institutional staff, both within the host Higher Education Institution and in the partner Further Education Colleges, including teachers, lecturers, support staff, technicians, managers and students.


The Potential of Portals in Education (2004)

Web: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/portals/portahead.aspx

Lead Bid Writer & Project Manager, £10,000 Funding (JISC).

The project captured and investigated the deployment and use of portal technology across a number of UK HEIs. Project members worked with a range of institutional staff, including teachers, lecturers, support staff, technicians, managers and students.